On the 26th April 2014 the first ITF Austria Kids Event was held, a tournament designed to give children aged 10 and under from 10th Kup to 8th Kup their first competitive experience in Taekwon-Do. 30 children from 5 different clubs took part in this event and great fun was had by all participants, officials and enthusiastic parents.

Contrary to common Taekwon-Do tournaments, the Kids Event not only offered traditional categories, but some new ones as well, specifically designed for children. Besides pattern and special technique competitions, there were also kicking technique divisions, in which the children had to display their ability to perform both Ap Cha Busigi and Yop Cha Jirugi.

The special technique categories went down very well with the children and spirits were high as they cheered each other on whilst performing Twimyo Nopi Ap Cha Busigi and Twimyo Nopi Yop Cha Jirugi.

Highlight of the tournament, without a doubt, were the "Gladiator" matches, in which the children had to knock their opponents off a balancing beam with a pugil stick, all while maintaining their own balance. 

Also departing from the traditional procedure, the prizes were not trophies and medals, but stars which could be sewn onto the dobok sleeve, coloured according to the "medal" the children won. No one was left out, as even those unlucky to win a place on the podium were also given a star for their doboks, coloured black. Our tiger mascot was there to celebrate with all of them during the award ceremony.

The first Kids Event was a full success and well received by children and parents alike. Special thanks are given to Christina Mechacek III. Degree (head of Kids Training Program), who created this event and, with her members (Wim de Graeve and Christopher Nord) and volunteers, implemented it very professionally.

Photos of this event can be seen on the ITF Austria Facebook page at

ITF Austria would like to thank all competitors and contributors (helpers, umpires etc.) who helped make this event a big success.


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Author: S Ryan
Date: 05/May/2014, 21:41
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At the invitation of Bulgarian Association of Taekwon-Do (BAT) and after official permission of the Technical Committee of ITF, Master Panagiotis Gialamas visited once again Bulgaria to conduct Black Belt exam and technical seminar.

The host of the grading test, which provided excellent conditions for this event, was 97 School in Sofia city - one of the strongest clubs of BAT with head coach Nikola Iliev. The exam was held on 11 of April 2014 and the applicants were seriously tested through all different aspects of Taekwon-Do – patterns, sparring, breaking techniques, self-defense and theory. It was very interesting and unusual the request of Master Gialamas for the sequence of board breaking and the theory questions was really impressive and not easy at all. All the participants in the exam will remember the 59-th birthday of Taekwon-Do with the successful promotion for higher degree:

  1. Bilyana Nikiforova            - II dan;
  2. Mario Danov                        - II dan;
  3. Nikolai Georgiev                - II dan;
  4. Biser Manchev                    - III dan.


On the next day, 12 April 2014, in Boris Gyuderov Sports hall, Pernik city (30 km away from Sofia) Master Gialamas conducted technical seminar in front of 65 participants with ranks 6 gup to IV dan. Main subject of the seminar was patterns – fundamental exercises, movements’ applications, and of course not only this. For all participants was very exciting and interesting to learn about different circumstances of the performance of the different movements, related to the Oriental history, history of Taekwon-Do and martial arts at all.


From the afternoon of 12 April in the same hall started the III Balkan Martial Sports Festival. In the Taekwon-Do ITF competition were included 183 participants from Greece, Serbia, FYROM and Bulgaria.


Final Standings:

Children (6-13 years):

  1. CPTC - 97 School                                                     – 8 Gold; 2 Silver; 7 Bronze;
  2. Rakovski                                                                      – 6 Gold; 4 Silver; 1 Bronze;
  3. Levski – 61 School                                                 – 5 Gold; 4 Silver; 1 Bronze.


Juniors (14-17 years):

  1. CPTC – 97 School                                                    – 6 Gold; 2 Silver; 3 Bronze;
  2. Rakovski                                                                      – 3 Gold; 5 Silver; 5 Bronze;
  3. CSKA – 128 School                                                 – 2 Gold; 2 Silver; 1 Bronze.


Seniors (18 years +)

  1. Hellenic Quadrathlon ITF Federation     – 3 Gold; 4 Silver; 2 Bronze;
  2. Rakovski                                                                      – 3 Gold; 3 Silver; 5 Bronze;
  3. CSKA – 128 School                                                 – 2 Gold; 1 Silver; 1 Bronze.


Overall Final Standings:

  1. CPTC - 97 School                                                     – 16 Gold; 4 Silver; 10 Bronze;
  2. Rakovski                                                                      – 12 Gold; 12 Silver; 11 Bronze;
  3. CSKA – 128 School                                                 – 7 Gold; 7 Silver; 4 Bronze.



Yavor Tasev

BAT Secretary General

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 02/May/2014, 13:01
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On April 21-22, 2014 the 29th ITF Taekwon-Do seminar was held in the Olympic building in Kabul City. Around 80 participants took part from several clubs with support of the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee. The purpose of the seminar was to train and to show the updated techniques of ITF Taekwon-Do to our members.

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 29/Abr/2014, 14:20
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My memory of the first tournament I attended as a Taekwon Do novice, about 10 years ago, is of a senior organiser reminding those students who were engaged in sparring, that although the aim was to win it was just as important to look after their opponents.  This philosophy is the essence of good Taekwon Do wherever it is practiced.  New Zealand has a great record for fostering the competitive side of Taekwon Do, with tournaments that cater to our youngest members through to our main National competition. In addition to the goodwill and camaraderie that these competitions engender, our tournaments provide the stepping stone for those students who wish to pursue more demanding High Performance competition (, culminating with international championship.  Our tournaments begin at the Club level, moving through the Peewee Series (under 12 years of age), Under 18 Series, Regional Tournaments and The Nationals.  

Autumn in New Zealand is the time when 83 clubs within the 6 main regions (5 in the North Island and one covering the entire South Island) conduct their tournaments (April 13 to May 31) (  Students that do well, whether they win Regional competition medals or not, can attend the New Zealand National Competition that this year will be held in Tauranga (east coast North Island).

Training to spar begins at the grass-roots level – our clubs. Our national Technical Advisor Group, has recently standardised the use of protective gear not only at tournaments but at gradings as well. The ruling has generated some interesting discussion in our community but the primary rationale is the national Taekwon Do organisation’s (ITFNZ) desire to develop a more consistent sparring style from club level right through to the World Champs. Only those techniques permitted in ITF tournaments can be used during free sparring at gradings (this applies to all ranks), rather than the ‘anything goes’ approach; the latter is reserved for self defence.

Article by Brian Ricketts

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 17/Abr/2014, 18:30
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The 2014 ITA Dublin Open took place in the National Basketball Arena, Dublin on the weekend of the 5th & 6th of April. The tournament was made up of 621 competitors from Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Canada, Czech Republic and Italy. The tournament began on Saturday with competitors aged 14 – 17 and seniors competing across 6 rings in patterns, sparring, special technique and power-test. There was very high standard on the floor with many World & European champions and established competitors including Hong Looi, Louise McCagh, Luke Woods, Stephen Ryan, Gilles Brown & Dylan Fitzgibbon.  

The competition was run in a very professional manner, at the start of the day each competitor received a sticker with their competition category, ring & start time, each ring was run with the electronic scoring system, increasing the efficiency of the event and making it more exciting for spectators. The sparring sections where run on a pool & requalification system, meaning each competitor had a number of rounds, after they were eliminated from the main draw they entered another draw where they competed for bronze. The standard of competition was very high, with many top level athletes taking part in each division, it made for an excellent tournament that was very entertaining for spectators and all involved. The best overall blackbelt competitor awards were awarded to:

     Best Overall Senior Male: Eddie Dillon
     Best Overall Senior Female: Not Awarded (as many competitors tied)
     Best Cadet Male: Michael McRoberts, Scotland
     Best Cadet Females: Anne-Marie Torsney and Marthe Klungerbo

Sunday was the day for competitors aged 13 & younger. As always there was a very high standard on the floor in the patterns, sparring & special technique sections. The competition was run across 8 rings with over 60 umpires & officials in attendance. There were fantastic performances on the day from many competitors including Leah Ring, Isabel Lehane, Fionn Hagon, Finn Martin, Eve Ince & Cian Ince who all took 2 Gold medals from the event.

The 2014 Dublin was the largest to date, with the most international competitors in attendance. Gratitude must be expressed to the ITA tournament committee of Mrs Laura Ryan, Mr Mark Buckley, Master Pat Barry, Mr Stephen Ryan & event organiser Mr Stephen Cooley for their work in the lead up to the tournament and over the weekend of the Dublin Open. We would also like to thank our international friends for helping to make it such a great tournament and we look forward to welcoming you all back to Ireland in the near future.  The next ITA tournament is the 15th Irish Cup which takes place in the University of Limerick on the 15th & 16th of November (Information can be found here).

Top Ten Teams at the ITA Dublin Open 2014







Newlands TKD



Blanchardstown TKD



NTN Team Central Norway



Cork ITA



TKD Club Brno ITF



NTN Team East Norway






Quin TKD



Cork Taekwon-Do


Full Results

Report by Mr. Carl Smullen, IV Dan, ITA PR Officer.

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 08/Abr/2014, 12:15
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